Most Popular Books for Kids

Reading Rewards Most Popular Kids’ Books
September 2014
Are you looking for some book recommendations for your children or students? The bookshelf below showcases the books that are currently most popular among Reading Rewards users of different ages. The rankings reflect the kids’ books started by Reading Rewards users during the month of September 2014, […]

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Star Teacher: Hayley Sample

This Star Teacher segment profiles Hayley Sample, from Haslet, Texas. Find out how Hayley has been so successful at encouraging her students to read.

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☆ Master Reading Rewards Premium Teacher in 7 Steps

Launched in July 2014, the Reading Rewards' Premium account for teachers introduces a depth of new functionality. Read this infographic to find out how you can master Reading Rewards Premium Teacher in just 7 simple steps.

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Math Drills

Read about the free Math Drill Generator on Reading Rewards, and how it came to be.

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Star Teacher: Matthew DeMarais

This Star Teacher segment profiles Matthew DeMarais, from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Find out how Matthew has been so successful at encouraging his students to read.

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Volume Discounts on Premium Teacher Accounts

Today is the first day of school for many of us, and Michelle and I wanted to offer you a small gift to start the year off right. Introducing our revised volume discounts for the Premium teacher account.

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Star Teacher: Lisa Stringfellow

This Star Teacher segment profiles Lisa Stringfellow, from Louisville, Kentucky. Find out how Lisa has been so successful at encouraging her students to read.

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Spread the Word

Download a presentation or brochure that provides a solid general overview of Reading-Rewards.com, and highlights the features and benefits of our different accounts for teachers.

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Author Spotlight: An Interview with Dav Pilkey

We know our Reading Rewards members are huge fans of Dav Pilkey and his Captain Underpants series, so we asked Mr. Kinney if he would be willing to answer a few of our questions. Lucky for us, he was gracious enough to oblige!

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Back to School Checklist For Reading Rewards

My middle guy came to me today with a look of horror on his face. Concerned, I asked him what was wrong. He responded, with a look I could only describe as devastated: “I just saw a back to school commercial. Didn’t summer just begin??”

Although it does feel as though […]

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Link to Reading Rewards

Help your site's visitors find out about Reading Rewards and guide them directly to the site's home page, login page or signup page.

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Spring Makeover at Reading Rewards!

It has been a dreary, horribly cold and ever-so-long winter. Carole and I have been eagerly looking forward to spring and all it has to offer.

What better way to welcome the new season than with a bit of a makeover! You may have noticed a change here on our blog and […]

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Video Overview from Reader’s perspective

View this short video to get a glimpse of Reading Rewards from a reader’s perspective.

 

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The World's Easiest DIY Bookmarks

I LOVE craft projects. I have a whole closet dedicated to meticulously labelled craft supplies, which I have been lovingly collecting since I was pregnant with my first child, and dreaming about spending long, leisurely afternoons with her, assembling original creations, as we chat.

Sometimes, though, all those craft supplies can […]

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Origami Monster Bookmarks

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper to make shapes of all kinds. In this fun craft project, we use some of those techniques to make gruesome monster bookmarks that seem to gobble up the corner of your page.

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8 Benefits of Reading: Kids Weigh In!

What makes an avid reader? We've uncovered the 8 major reasons why bookworms love to read.

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Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jeff Kinney

We know our Reading Rewards members are huge fans of Jeff Kenny and his Wimpy Kid Series, so we asked Mr. Kinney if he would be willing to answer a few of our questions. Lucky for us, he was gracious enough to oblige!

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How to Make Bookmarks for Valentine’s Day

Kids love Valentine's Day! And what could be more fun than offering cute little gifts to all of your friends? Unfortunately, what's fun for your children can translate into climbing costs for you.... especially if they plan to offer a cute little something to each of their classmates. Take heart, parents and teachers! We have an idea for your little cupids that won't break the bank. It's also a really nice addition to any book you want to offer in celebration of International Book Giving Day!

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DIY Bookmarks: Falling Star Magnetic Bookmarks

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonades! This past weekend’s freezing rain had us seriously homebound, which is why we decided to have a family craft session. You may have noticed that we have a penchant for stars? That's why, even though we know we aren't the first to make magnetic bookmarks (thanks for the inspiration, Vanessa!), we just couldn't resist making our own variation, for our starry-eyed friends.

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Fishing with the principal, anyone?

This week, we received a wonderful email in our inbox from a Riverside Elementary School Resource Specialist. We wanted to share this success story with you, and let you know how much it means to us to that our users take the time to write to us. It makes all […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts

Still looking for the perfect gifts for those hard-to-please people on your list? Don’t worry, so are we! But one of our favourite holiday stops for shopping has always been the bookstore.
Here are 10 top reasons to make sure there are lots of books under the tree this year!

 

 

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Reading is Reading… Right?

Guest post by Serge Alalouf, an Honorary Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Having raised two daughters, Alalouf grappled with the challenge of stimulating their interest in reading. His unorthodox approach sparked criticism, which prompted this post.
Some weeks ago I asked myself why some children are avid readers […]

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The reward *IS* in the reading

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a teacher’s blog with a post that expressed considerable concern about the Reading Rewards premise. That reading should be for fun, and not ‘funds’.

I absolutely agree.

I started Reading Rewards a few years ago, when my two boys, then aged 8 and 10, […]

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Reader Demo of Reading Rewards

This short video gives you a quick guided tour of Reading Rewards, from the perspective of a reader.

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Exciting Changes Coming Soon!

Some of you may have noticed a different look to our blog as well as our Facebook page. Over the past few months, Carole and I have been working very hard on a brand-new version of Reading-Rewards that we will be rolling out on May 25th, 2013!

 

It’s been a phenomenal […]

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Top picks for your kids this holiday season

November isn’t even over and one of my younger son’s favorite activities of late is ‘working on his Christmas list’. This involves browsing the websites of ToysRUs, Amazon, BestBuy and other online retailers for the best of the best in electronics and gaming. Sigh!

Not surprising.

A recent Nielsen poll suggests that […]

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Top picks for a reluctant reader boy

We’ve had a couple of reading a-ha moments lately that I just had to share. While my older guy has gotten hooked on The Hunger Games trilogy (he’s reading Mockingjay at the moment), and finishes any book he starts whether he enjoys it or not as a matter of principle, […]

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Helping kids understand 7 billion people

According to UN calculations, the world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion sometime today, October 31, 2011.

That’s an incredible number, one that’s hard for even adults to wrap their heads around. But what about kids? When I told my boys about this milestone, I could see they were struggling […]

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My kid's got the Assigned Reading Blues

My kids are finishing up their mid-term break this weekend, and it’s been great fun for them. They’ve had fabulous outings with grandparents, play dates with friends, and chilling-out time with us at the cottage.

My younger guy, however, has had a little black cloud hanging over his head for most […]

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5 Reasons Why Your Kids Shouldn't Read

Sometimes, it feels like you’re banging your head against a wall trying to get those kids of yours to read. Do you want my advice? Don’t bother. Here are my top 5 reasons why your kids should stay away from books.

The more kids read, the more they know.
Seriously, who wants […]

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New Reading Log Printables!

While many use Reading-Rewards.com as a great alternative to paper reading logs, few people realize that we have a cool ‘Printables’ section where kids and teachers can print off reading progress using a number of different reading log templates and reports.

Today we added a comprehensive Classroom Reading Summary Report, which […]

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Geocaching: get kids reading … a compass!

About a year ago, my family and I discovered Geocaching, an amazing outdoor activity that teaches kids to read… maps, that is! We had heard about it from various people, and thought we’d give it a try one fall weekend when heading out for hike.
Our kids generally love the outdoors, […]

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It's a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

It’s that time of the year again, and we thought we’d send the kids on a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

Between now and the end of October, Reading-Rewards.com members will be racing each other to find the most Halloween icons in our grid. Kids get 1 try per 10 minutes of reading, […]

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Security Enhancement – Private Reading Groups

We’re happy to announce a security enhancement on our Reading-Rewards.com reading groups, that has been rolled out today, September 13, 2011.

Your kids’/students’ security is our top priority.

We have added privacy setting on reading groups, which will allow you to make your groups completely private. If you enable this setting, before being […]

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Reading Rewards Badges Are Here!

Do your kids love to collect things? If they’re anything like mine, they’re badgering you at the first sign of a potential new collection: Pokemon cards, Chaotic cards, Beyblades, SillyBandz (shudder), you name it. What do they do with them? Lose them everywhere, leave them in piles all around the […]

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How to Log Reading Time on Reading Rewards

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to log your reading time.

Sign in to Reading Rewards by clicking on the ‘Login’ button from the welcome page. Don’t have an account yet? Make sure you use the sign-up button, first. It’s free!
Click on Log Your Reading, to visit your Reading Room. […]

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Reading the sky…

As soon as the first stars began to appear, and to the sound of my daughter reciting 'Star Light, Star Bright', the kids started pointing their devices at the sky and excitedly began to call out the names of the different constellations as they identified them. Amazing!

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How to pick the best books for your kids: 10 top tips!

I’m going to let you in on a secret. And it’s a biggie. Getting kids to read is simple, really. Astonishingly so, in fact. And I am going to share it with you, now.

Ready? You have to pick the right books.

Books they’ll enjoy. Books at their reading level. Books […]

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Reading Rewards at your local library!

I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts about how Reading Rewards can be used in Youth Libraries for a while, so when I noticed ‘Gulf Beaches Library’ in the Reading Rewards ‘Top Groups of the Day’ almost every day this week, I decided to contact their administrator to see how […]

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Featured User Series: Meet Marco!

In this fourth post in our Featured User Series, I’d like to introduce you to 10 1/2 year old Marco! Marco joined Reading-Rewards with his class in September 2010, and has logged just under 109 hours of reading time. That puts him at the Reading-Rewards Jellyfish level. Woohoo, that’s […]

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Top 10 reading reward programs for summer 2011

Keep your kids reading this summer, and prevent summer loss, with these 10 great reading incentive programs:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Kids must read any eight books this summer and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. They then bring their completed journal to a Barnes […]

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Featured User Series: Meet Marissa!

I am so excited to introduce you to Marissa, my very first Reading-Rewards.com member who was in no way related to me! I still remember the email notification I received letting me know I had had my first RR registration. Let me just tell you, my family certainly remembers… :-)

Nearly […]

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How to run a great Summer Reading Program

How far would you go to get kids reading over the summer?

Mrs. Stoudenmire, a principal at Deerfield Windsor Lower School, in Georgia, has pledged to either kiss a pig, be in a human sundae or get dunked in a dunking booth if students read at least 250,000 minutes over the […]

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Featured User Series: Meet Gabriele

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10 fantastic reading incentives that won’t cost you a penny!

[ Editor’s note:  Don’t miss the follow up to this article: 11 Creative Reading Incentives for your Classroom.]

I couldn’t resist, I had to take a look. What sort of incentives have parents and teachers been setting up on Reading Rewards? Kids log reading time, and earn ‘RR’ Miles by doing so […]

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Reading Rewards Featured User Series: Meet Talitha!

Reading-Rewards.com was launched just over a year ago, and since then we have had just over 4,000 members join. We’re very excited! More than just an online reading log, Reading Rewards also encourages our young members to rate and review their books. These reviews can then be shared with other […]

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Tales from the great Canadian North

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting a pretty remote part of the world: Iqaluit, Nunavut, in the great Canadian North. I was there on business, consulting on an IT project.

I had no idea what to expect, really, but nothing could have prepared me for the breathtaking views from […]

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Winners of the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards!

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, announced the winners of the fourth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards at a gala in New York City on May 2nd as part of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2011). Children […]

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Getting boys reading with Pam Allyn

Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways that Will Change Their Lives by Pam Allyn
176 pages, ISBN: 978-0545204552
When I was asked to review Pam Allyn’s Best Books for Boys – How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives, I […]

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Why I raid my kids’ bookshelves

I’ve spent so much time lately researching reading picks for my kids, stocking their bookshelves with all sorts of award-winning and popular titles, that when it finally comes time to reading myself, I often end up reading one of the books I’ve carefully chosen for…. my boys.

I was almost ashamed […]

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Can kids ever read TOO much?

Guest post by Alissa Sklar. Alissa Sklar is the mother of 3 daughters, a freelance writer for Montreal Families Magazine and other publications, and an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
My three daughters are voracious readers.
Now that might be a strange way to start a […]

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Get kids reading with an Easter Treasure Hunt!

As a child, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. We used to spend it with some great family friends in Massachussetts, who happened to have a huge yard on the edge of a forest.

Our parents used to prepare amazing Easter hunts for us, hiding eggs and chocolates all […]

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Limiting screen time – take 2

The system worked. The deal was simple: boys, you want to watch TV, play your video games, borrow my iPhone, fine. But you have to read, too. At *least* an equal amount of time.  That’s how Reading Rewards was born, and it was a very simple system that worked brilliantly.

They […]

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Read to Me – Picture Book Challenge

Bedtime stories in our household have generally been daddy’s domain. The boys are now reading on their own, and more interested in their own silent reading than read-alouds, which leaves us with our youngest, now aged 5. I spoke about my challenges with her English here, so lately I’ve taken […]

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Great read alouds by Julia Donaldson

Last week, I did something I really should have done ages ago. I sorted through my sons’ bookshelves, trying to make sense of the picture books, encyclopedias, comic books and novels they have been accumulating since…. well, birth.

Some of the obvious ones had already migrated to my daughter’s room ages […]

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Making reading logs fun!

Many teachers use reading logs in the classroom and as homework assignments to encourage reading and comprehension among their students. But reading logs are often done individually, and cannot easily be shared by fellow students. Kids often complain about them, and they can actually become counter-productive.

Here a few tips on […]

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The book remembers

Yesterday was International Children’s Book Day. For over forty years, this day has been celebrated “to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.” Sponsored by The International Board on Books for Young People, this year’s theme is “The Book Remembers.”
“The book remembers the time […]

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My read-aloud secret weapon!

We all know the importance of reading aloud to our kids, well beyond the age when they are able to read on their own. One of the keys to read aloud success? Choosing books that are age appropriate for the kids. But what happens when, like me, you have kids […]

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The book that did him in

So I’m facing a little dilemma here, and a little unsure about what to do. My younger son discovered the Harry Potter books in the fall, and devoured the first 2 very quickly. Then came Christmas, and his birthday, and although he was still only on book 3, we decided […]

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Books Boys Love – Part 2

Continuing on from my earlier post about Books Boys Love… I’ve been compiling a list of popular books from our Reading Rewards website that were read (and enjoyed!) primarily by boys. If you’re looking for great book recommendations for boys, you might want to consider some of these titles!

Eragon (Inheritance)
Christopher […]

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Books Boys Love – Part 1

After more than 12 months of readers logging their reading minutes and book reviews on Reading Rewards, I thought I’d take a look and see which books were read and enjoyed primarily by boys.

Here are some of the books that came out on top. I’ll post some others later this […]

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A review of The Giving Tree

I stumbled upon Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree at the library this week. Unbelievably, I had never read it despite countless bedtimes with my 2 boys.

I have to admit one of the reasons I picked it up was it’s apparent simplicity. Large pictures, few words, I thought it would be […]

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Pit bulls in libraries?

I love dogs. Charlie, our gentle, giant of a doodle, is an integral part of our family, participating in most aspects of family life. Reading time is no exception, and while my kids have yet to actually read to him, his company by their feet is always comforting.

Everytime I read […]

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The Power of a Book

How I believe in the power of a book. I actually remember the first book I ever ‘read': sitting on my father’s lap, and feeling his pride (and my own) as I read Dr. Seuss’s Hop On Pop. Cup, pup, pup in cup. I suppose much of it was from […]

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Why I love Madeline

Much to my dismay, my 5 year-old daughter does not speak English. As an English-speaking (a.k.a ‘anglo’) Montreal native, this is really quite devastating.

How did this happen?

My 2 boys were born in the UK. Although we never really discussed things, it was clear: my French husband would speak to the […]

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Don't hate me because my kids read

So I admit it. It makes me more than a little envious when a friend of mine ‘complains’ about how much her 11-year old son loves reading, how he’s just tearing through books faster than she can buy them for him. Big books, too. 500-page books that even I might gawk at.

“I […]

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